Completed in 1870, the Virginia & Truckee Railroad is the most famous American short-line railroad still in operation. The precious cargo this train has been entrusted to carry has ranged from presidents to millions in gold and silver to the countless families enjoying the modern tour. Powered by a steam locomotive, the train continues to follow its 1870 right-of-way from Virginia City to the historic mining town of Gold Hill, while a second excursion train travels all the way to Carson City. The V&T operates seven days a week from Memorial Day to October 31.
Still one of the best things about Virginia City, a wonderful old Western mining town. The train ride is 35 minutes through the mining district to Gold Hill and back, with open and covered cars. A narrated history of the area and even a tunnel add to the fun for all ages. Six trains per day so lots of choices and things nearby to do, including a stagecoach ride and gold mine tour. Don't miss the beautifully restored steam locomotive at the Comstock History Center.
Train is steam or diesel powered so call them to see what will be running, if it matters to you.